Quincy University assistant professor of English, Caroline Collins, PhD, recently presented her paper, "A River Runs Through It: The Role of the Mississippi in Frank Standford's South" at the Missouri Folklore Society's annual meeting and conference at the Daniel Boone Home in Defiance, Missouri. Her paper explored many significant links between Stanford's poetry and Mark Twain's fiction, including themes of initiation and social justice.
The Missouri Folklore Society was organized in 1906, and works to collect and preserve the folklore of the state. Much of what the society has collected over the years is stored in the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C.
Collins has also had several of her poems published in the Fall-Winter issue of Seeding the Snow, a journal of women's art and writing that celebrates the Midwestern landscape. The journal, which originated in Chicago in 1994 and is now published in Naperville, Illinois, is an outlet for women who want to strengthen their creative spirit and show commitment to the wild in the Midwestern landscape. More information can be found at www.SeedingTheSnow.net.